Lot # 1475: Circa 1870s Racine College Baseball Team CDV

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2016",
which ran from 10/6/2016 1:50 PM to
10/30/2016 11:47 PM

CDV capturing what we believe to be the Racine College baseball team, circa 1870s. Nine players are pictured posing together on the steps of a building, all of whom are wearing identical uniforms, including a bib-front jersey bearing the ornately intertwined letters "RC." Five of the players are holding bats, one of which is a traditional "ring bat" from the era. The player to the far left, presumably the pitcher, is holding a baseball. In addition to the letters on the uniform, the identification of the club is further supported by the photographer's credit on the reverse, which reads "Lockwood & Ely/Photographic Artists/142 Main Street/Racine, Wisc." According to our research, Racine College had both a baseball and football team. In baseball, the team was a member of the Northwestern College League and in 1887 was league champion. While we cannot comment on the skills of the players pictured, they are certainly one of the finest dressed teams we have seen from the era. From their white high-top cleats to their bowler-style caps, this team was the epitome of baseball sartorial splendor. The crystal-clear photo displays what appears to be a tiny, repaired pinhole near the left border (not affecting any of the player images) and an equally tiny abrasion just below it; otherwise it is in Near Mint condition. The mount (4 x 2.5 inches) displays a small crease in the upper left corner (not affecting the photo) and a handwritten number in pencil on the reverse. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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